WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 26: Alex Ovechkins #8 of the Washington Capitals gloves in his locker before a NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on December26, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers